- Autores: Bassat Q, Lanaspa M, Medeiros MM, Muñoz-Almagro C
- Ano de Publicação: 2017
- Journal: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
- Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14787210.2017.1349609?journalCode=ierz20
The respiratory airways harbor a complex succession of ecological niches with distinct but related bacterial communities. Particular challenges of respiratory microbiome research have led to limited scientific output compared to other human microbiomes. Areas covered: In this review, we summarize the current state of knowledge of the bacterial respiratory microbiome, with a particular focus on associations between the respiratory microbiome and lower respiratory tract conditions. Expert commentary: There is growing evidence that the respiratory microbiome is associated with lower respiratory infectious diseases and related conditions. Most respiratory microbiome reports are metataxonomic cross-sectional or case-control studies with relatively small sample sizes. Large, prospective projects with metatranscriptomics or metabolomics approach are needed to unravel the effect of the respiratory microbiome on health-related conditions. Moreover, standardization in sampling, library preparation, sequencing techniques and data analysis should be encouraged.